Pursuant to Section 52E of Chapter 149 of the Massachusetts General Laws (Section 10 of Chapter 260 of the Acts of 2014), employers must provide up to 15 days of paid or unpaid leave for a qualifying employee to seek or obtain medical attention, counseling, victim services or legal assistance; secure housing; obtain a protective order from a court; appear in court or before a grand jury; meet with a district attorney or other law enforcement official; or attend child custody proceedings or address other issues directly related to the abusive behavior against the employee or family member of the employee.
To be a “qualifying employee” the employee must be a paid employee who is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or kidnapping or who has a family member who is a victim.
The AGO is responsible for enforcement and is authorized to seek injunctive relief or other equitable relief to enforce the Law.
If you believe your employer has violated this requirement, please fill out the form below. To make a complaint via the Fair Labor Hotline, please call (617) 727-3465
For more information about this law and the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers, please review the documents below.